London Scottish have started their 2014/15 recruitment drive in earnest this week by agreeing contract extensions with two players who have played major roles in the Club’s success so far this season.
Scottish qualified backs Oli Grove and Mike Doneghan have penned new deals with Grove signing a new two-year contract and former Scotland under-20 ace Doneghan putting pen to paper on a one-year deal.
Doneghan has made 21 appearances so far this season having joined from Rotherham Titans last summer.
Primarily a winger, the Scotland under-20 cap has also shown up well when deployed at outside centre and was man of the match in that position during last month’s win over Plymouth Albion.
Grove joined from Birmingham and Solihull in 2011 and has been a mainstay in the Scottish side over the past three seasons, although illness has seen the centre out of action in recent weeks.
Head coach James Buckland said: “I’m absolutely delighted we have secured deals for two very important players.
“Mike has been one of the finds of the season.
“He has done a great job at 13 recently but his overall game throughout the campaign has been impressive and he has been one of our most consistent performers.
“He’s a real talent and we are thrilled to keep him for another year.”
Buckland continued: “Oli Grove has been around the Club a while now and we were very keen to keep him on board for another couple of years.
“He is an important character to have around the squad, so for him to commit his long term future to London Scottish is great.”
London Scottish Chief executive Kenny Baillie said: “I am delighted that Mike and Oli have re-signed for London Scottish.
“Their commitment is evidence that, as a Club, we are improving year-on year and our push for the end of season play-offs is further proof of this.
“James Buckland and Mike Friday have been working extremely hard over the last few weeks to secure the best possible squad for season 2014/15.
“I am pleased to say this is the first of a series of important announcements on player recruitment and our loyal supporters, sponsors, investors and patrons can expect more good news in the coming weeks.”